Short Jazz Impressions – by Orlandicus November 2020

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The Eight Tracks

These Jazz shorts are a new course of compositions from me. It has taken a number of months to complete and over time my skill and knowledge of acoustic composition has improved greatly. I used Logic Pro X with a touch sensitive MIDI keyboard to enhance the sound of all the tracks. Below I have marked the times of when each piece starts and finishes. Enjoy!

Jazz Short 1: On the Line

0:00 – 0:40: This piece reminds me of when I was in Greenwich park during Autumn last year, I would walk under the large trees with my grandparents.

Jazz Short 2: Warp Importune

0:41 – 1:18: When the trumpet plays the long note in the middle of the piece, I would describe as when I act a bit suspicious around others.

Jazz Short 3: Friday Foray

1:19 – 1:58: A happy sensation when I am walking home on a Friday with the weekend ahead of me.

Jazz Short 4: The Rhodian

2:00 – 2:34: Canoeing around Rhodes was one of my most favourite memories. A few Rhodians would come with me early in the morning and snorkel by the reef.

Jazz Short 5: Fast Lane

2:36 – 3:06: When I am in a rush, I tend to make more hectic decisions and the music portrays this perfectly. The drum fills resemble my thoughts whilst all this would be happening.

Jazz Short 6: Dream State

3:08 – 3:38: In the evening after dinner, you would settle down and read a book whilst sipping some hot chocolate. I would often listen to some calm jazz and this seemed the right kind of jazz for this scenario.

Jazz Short 7: Daytime Reign

3:40 – 4:17: This is a conversation between the piano and the saxophone. Happiness and joy is the theme they are talking about.

Jazz Short 8: The Finale

4:20 – 5:02: The moment we have all been waiting for (hopefully). This is more of a Lo-Fi short rather than Jazz. but because many people have told me that my original Lo-Fi was a hit I took that as inspiration to make another piece with a jazz influence.

Down to Arizona – by Orlandicus October 2020

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Music Software for Down to Arizona

It is a new era of music composition for me. I have been working little by little and now I have the finished a song in a new style. This work has taken me over a month to complete. The piece consists of drums, guitar, steel guitar, synthesizer and percussion. This music means a lot to me, I hope it does to you.

How I wrote Down to Arizona

I would sit down and adjust minute details for hours over the course of the week, such as the melody of the steel guitar. This song has cost me time and effort, I wouldn’t want this piece to be ordinary, it needed to be different. The software I used was Soundtrap on which you can compose non-electronic music as well as electronic. To make non-electronic music you have to invest money and time into creating work that has a distinct feel when people here it.

ROTATION – Composed for the BBC Young Composer Competition July 2020

Click here for the score (pdf)

I developed my composition “ROTATION” for over a month, during lockdown in June and July 2020. I was inspired to enter this competition due to having watched a number of movies with an awesome soundtrack.

ROTATION was recorded on Logic Pro X and I played everything manually on the piano.

There are no loops, its all my own work!

Even though I didn’t win, I am happy with what I composed and I will be entering the competition for the next 4 years.

Patience – by Orlandicus March 2020

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SOFTWARE: Garage Band & Audacity

EXPERIENCE: I composed this piece of music over a couple of days. I had some trouble with the bass but I got there in the end. I changed the texture and softened the piano. During mastering we compressed the bass because it was a little overpowering.

PIANO SCORE: Click here for the piano score (PDF, opens a new window, (c) Orlandicus 2020)

Copyright (c) Orlandicus 2020

End Titles – by Orlandicus March 2020

A one-man orchestra is a person who is capable of programming all instruments in the orchestra.

SOFTWARE: Logic Pro X and Audacity

EXPERIENCE: I have been working on this for roughly a month, tuning into different instruments and working out a good pattern. Finally after lots of hard work I have an outcome. One of my best pieces on Logic Pro X.

Copyright (c) Orlandicus 2020